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Holland America Cruises aboard the Prinsendam
Above: Holland America Cruise Lines Prinsendam Cruise Ship.

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Ship Details
Began service: June, 2002
Guest capacity: 793
Total staff: 443
Length: 704 feet
Passenger decks: 8
CDC inspection score: 92

Prinsendam Overview

The Prinsendam cruise ship departs from Fort Lauderdale, FL, Rome, Itay, and Lisbon, Spain. Throughout the year, she offers ocean cruises to Caribbean, Europe, and Mediterranean.

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Prinsendam, which in earlier incarnations was called Royal Viking Sun and then Seabourn Sun, joined Holland America's fleet in 2002 and is marketed as the cruise line's "Elegant Explorer." The name is fitting for a ship known for its longer range, exotic itineraries, most notably the 100-plus-day "Grand World Voyages."

Holland America spent $30 million to update and refurbish the ship, built in 1988. Additions included a new alternative restaurant; a Lido buffet restaurant; an Internet Cafe; a new volleyball/basketball court and "virtual reality" golf simulator; a revamped entertainment lounge; a dedicated smoking room, and 14 additional staterooms, bringing the Prinsendam's total passenger capacity to 793.

Holland America hired the ship's original architect, Sweden-native Tomas Tillberg, to reconfigure the Prinsendam's public spaces, and brought in Frans Dingemanns of the Netherlands to showcase an impressive collection of original artwork. The wood paneling, hardwood flooring and chrome and brass accents gives the ship an Old World feel that is perhaps the ship's biggest draw.


While Prinsendam has the usual range of staterooms and suites, they are typically smaller than those on the line's newer ships. Some of the staterooms are irregularly shaped, a difference from today's identical staterooms, which are installed as pre-built modular units.

The ship has a 38 percent ratio of cabins with balconies, which is a low number these days. If you prefer balcony cabins, it's best to book early, as staterooms with verandas sell out quickly.

Many cabin categories on the Prinsendam feature walk-in closets. And, a good number of even the smallest-sized cabins have generous bathrooms, with full-length tubs, upgraded fixtures and color schemes. Single cabins are also available, which means passengers traveling solo are not forced to book a double stateroom.

Suites offer additional amenities, including separate sleeping and living areas, curved sofas with large coffee tables, and longer verandahs. The bathrooms in Superior Verandah Suites feature large tubs and sinks connected by a door to a separate room holding a toilet and sink. Holland America has built some special garden villa cabins out onto the Promenade's Aft Deck; these "lanai" cabins have semiprivate terraces, surrounded by glass. Passengers who book these cabins have sole use of this area's amenities, which include tables for al fresco dining and a whirlpool.

The Prinsendam is one ship where it pays to splurge on more expensive accommodations. Higher priced cabins come with use of the Neptune Lounge, which features coffee, tea and snack services, newspapers, a private library with books and games, and an excellent selection of Lonely Planet guidebooks. The Neptune Lounge also has its own verandah -- it runs right up to the edge of the Bridge.


Prinsendam doesn't offer the options of some of today's megaships, but the personal service, ambiance and attention to detail more than make up for it.

The LaFontaine Dining Room is the centerpiece of mealtime. It features wraparound windows with fabulous views and Holland America's elegant Rosenthal china and white linens. There are two seatings and table mates are assigned. LaFontaine has just a few tables for two.

The Lido Restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It features an assortment of entrees, many cooked to order. Sandwiches and individually baked pizzas are made to order as well. It's a pleasant change from the steam-tray fare on the buffet lines of other ships. Outside seating is available and crew members are on hand to carry trays and fetch drinks.

Another casual option at lunchtime is the Terrace Grill, near the midship pool, which offers a menu of burgers, hot dogs, chicken sandwiches and French fries.

The 52-seat Pinnacle Grill at the Odyssey, the ship's alternative restaurant, is beautiful and serves meals on Bulgari china. The restaurant's menus feature mostly Northwest-inspired cuisine, such as Chicken Thai soup, Dungeness crab legs, grilled salmon, and duck breast with pickled Walla Walla onions. Filet mignon, lamb chops and cioppino are also offered, along with porterhouse and ribeye steaks. There is a $15 per person charge to eat at the Pinnacle Grill.

Special food-related events offered on every cruise include both Dutch- and Indonesia-themed dinners, and the Royal Dutch Tea. On the Grand World Voyage, the themed dinners coincide with the various exotic ports of call.

Room service is available 24 hours a day. Passengers with special dietary needs are asked to advise Holland America about these needs at the time of booking.


Onboard activities during the day include the usual assortment of port lectures, art auctions, trivia contests and such. On the Grand World Voyage, you can expect elaborate scavenger hunts, cooking, painting classes and dance classes. At night there are music performances (from dance trios to pianists to ensemble quartets) in the ship's lounges, and spectacular shows in the Queen's Lounge. The Filipino and Indonesian crew members take great pride in hosting a show of their native song and dance, usually once per cruise.

The Wajang Theater screens daily movies accompanied by free popcorn.

Fitness & Recreation

The spa on Prinsendam is gorgeous. The spa offers the usual services (massages, body wraps, facials) as does the adjacent Beauty Salon. The facility will become a Greenhouse Spa as part of Holland America's fleet-wide "Signature of Excellence" initiative, a $225-million, two-year enhancement program. The fitness facility on Prinsendam is small but adequate. Fitness classes are held on a daily basis. A nice touch in the fitness area is a mini-fridge stocked with chilled towels for those who have overheated during workouts.

The pool on the aft deck is suitable for lap swimming. Beyond the aft pool, the ship's main pool area is a hub on sunny days and has a swim-up bar. Other recreational activities nclude the golf simulation center, walking track, and the tennis court.

One of the most enjoyable features of the ship is its quarter-mile promenade, located on deck 7. It is an unobstructed walkway, perfect for leisurely strolls, star gazing, or relaxing on wood loungers.

Public Areas

The ship's main theater, the Queen's Lounge, seats 424, and offers the latest in high-tech lighting and acoustics.

The Ocean Bar on Prinsendam is situated in the center of the ship's main public deck and offers fabulous people-watching. It is a great location for a shipboard seminar or meeting friends for drinks. There's also a bandstand and dance floor.

The Explorers Lounge is another impressive space, featuring mahogany-stained wooden walls, old fashioned venetian blinds covering the windows, and leather armchairs.

The art collection for auctions has its own boutique with windows fronting the promenade deck. The ship also features a well-equipped Internet Cafe, offering laptop computer rentals and access to wireless Internet connections.

The Prinsendam includes a version of the Java Cafe, the coffee bar found on other Holland America ships. The Cafe serves cappuccino and espresso at no extra charge and is adjacent to the casino. which may be one of the smallest we've seen on a mid-sized ship. It offers basic gaming and slots, including 10-cent slot machines.

The Oak Room's dark wood walls, leather furnishings and (fake) fireplace are reminiscent of gentlemen's clubs. Other public room highlights include the Erasmus Library and the Half Moon (card and game) area.

Holland America's signature Crow's Nest observation lounge features a a grand piano that sets the tone for the evening entertainment.


The ship offers "Club Hal" children's programming, with staff counselors onboard the majority of sailings. However, with longer and more exotic itineraries, this is not an ideal ship for children.

Expert Prinsendam reviews are edited by Michelle, and provided by Ian and Cruise Critic.com, an award-winning cruise community. This objective information can help you choose just the right ship for your next cruise vacation.

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Cruise Ship Inspection Report
All passenger cruise ships arriving at US ports are subject to unannounced CDC inspection. Prinsendam Score: 92

Cruise Critic: Prinsendam
The Cruise Critic gives Holland America's Prinsendam a 3-ribbon rating.

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